Saturday, May 23 was like something out of a movie. My son Nathan (21) walked me down the aisle of a European cathedral built in the 12th century. The sun shone down through stained glass windows, causing the elaborate interior to glimmer and glow. It was my daughter’s wedding. My husband was waiting to walk her down the aisle minutes after my entrance. She wore a beautiful gown, and a handsome Czech man stood waiting to take her as his bride. It was the perfect moment and one that had been bathed in prayer for decades.
I’ve been praying for my daughter’s future husband nearly since the day she was born. She’s had a few boyfriends over the years, but with each one my mother’s heart told me they weren’t right … and thankfully Leslie figured that out, too. 🙂
Then there was the day that my daughter told me she was moving to the Czech Republic to be a missionary, and honestly the first thought in my mind was: She’s going to meet someone, fall in love, get married, and live there forever! I didn’t like the idea of losing my daughter forever. Or basically I didn’t have faith that my prayers had been working. Thankfully, God showed me that all my prayers HAD been answered, and I wasn’t losing a daughter but gaining a son. We love Honza, and his heart for God. We can’t wait to see how God is going to use Leslie and Honza together.
That day in the cathedral I was reminded that God’s good plans aren’t just about us. And they aren’t just about 2015. They aren’t just about our generation. God has been at work in the Czech Republic for a long time. Leslie and Honza live in Moravia, and hundreds of years ago more missionaries came from there than from any other country. Now, sadly, there is less than 1% of people who consider themselves Christians, but God has not giving up on that place yet. How do I know? I know my daughter’s heart and I know Honza’s heart. I know how they love people and how they pray.
So on the day that the sun shone down through that stained glass window more than a marriage was taking place. God was building a family unit and forming a promise for the future of that country. He was answering my prayers and the prayers of generations who have gone before me. It’s amazing how that happens, and it’ll be awesome to see how these prayers will be answered through the years. I’m thankful to have a front row seat, even if it’s across the miles.
And I’m excited to see how God is going to work in this nation, too.